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Scientists: climate change harms Galápagos wildlife

Juvenile Galápagos Penguin

Scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation have been taking the census of penguins on Isabela Island and they’re concerned about the decline of the population to about 1,000 birds.

They blame global climate change for the problem–pumping up the weather pattern known as “El Niño” that warms Pacific Ocean waters and lessens the food supply for Galápagos wildlife. (TO READ MORE, CLICK ON THE HEADLINE) Continue Reading →

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Body of iconic tortoise, “Lonesome George,” to NY for embalming.


The following is a press release from the Galápagos National Park:

Lonesome George body is moved to New York today to be embalmed
The American Museum of Natural History in New York will do the taxidermy process of the emblematic chelonian. A specialized company will keep the chelonian up to the flight to New York. The Galapagos National Park Directorate, began today at noon, on a flight of TAME, the body moved Lonesome George from Baltra to Guayaquil, where he kept in a cold chamber, until approximately 23:00 ET following then with LAN and will fly to the city of New York, United States. This tour will be trajectory of the iconic turtle from the place where he remained since his death, to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the site where specialists will perform the taxidermy process (embalming). After the autopsy that was performed on Lonesome George’s body was specially done to protect and to prevent freezing burn on the tissues and was maintained at least -50 °C until the time came to transfer him. Continue Reading →

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